Five minutes with Coach Williamson


Photo by Isabella Rocha

Coach Williamson prepares players during their match-up against Monticello.

Jacob Bundrick, Sports Reporter

Q: How has the season started for you guys, and what are you looking forward to most for the remainder of the season?

 A: The season has started off well. We only had two weeks of official preseason before our first game, and there is a lot of ground to cover before the season actually begins.  Normally, we have four weeks to cover the same material, so the coaches had to pick and choose the important stuff. Combine that with the snow/rainy conditions, and it made for an interesting ten days.  But the girls are awesome and super flexible with where we have to practice and what we are able to do, which is why I love coaching this team.  The girls have gotten steadily better over the last three games and I expect that to continue throughout the season.  I most look forward to playing Monticello and Orange again. I also look forward to playing Fluvanna as our skills are going to continually improve and I want the girls to have a few benchmarks to see how far they have come.  I also always look forward to senior night, especially this year as I have nine seniors who I am really excited to honor.


 Q: Who are some of the standout players on the team? Which players are leaders?

A: Elizabeth and Haley Rosson lead by example–they don’t have to say anything at all, but they are both standouts, and when they ask a question during practice, everyone tunes in to what they have to say. Jillian Smith and Ali Downey are definitely vocal leaders. They are the ones who motivate the other players verbally and have the skills to back it up.  They often are so positive and willing to pump other people up that it is just infectious. Morgan Leslie has really broken out this year and is ready to roll.  She has always been a quiet leader and she has always had the speed and skill to be a standout player.  I feel like this year, she has gained that little bit of confidence she needed to really use her voice and combine her speed and skills to make waves (and goals).